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Sunday, 10th March 2013

Wolfram|Alpha Makes it Easy to Decode Medical Prescriptions

By Africa S. Hands

From Wolfram|Alpha blog:

Wolfram|Alpha now has an understanding of sig codes, which are the marks on your drug prescriptions that tell the pharmacist what it is you’re getting, what it does, and when precisely it should be taken. Patients aren’t often exposed to sig codes these days, but pharmacy techs learn them, since they receive these abbreviated instructions from the doctor.

In order to interpret various sig codes in Wolfram|Alpha, type in “sig code” followed by the rest of your query. Just be aware that while we can tell you what the various codes and drugs are, we interpret them as they’re entered, so a random selection of sig codes should not be relied on nearly as much as what a doctor prescribes you.

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